December 2023 News

SurfacePrep Acquires Precision Surfacing Solutions
DTA is a technical abrasive source for bonded, coated and superabrasive products.

Fecon Acquires Stumper Industries
Stumper attachments provide a cost-effective debris removal solution for tree service businesses, landscape companies and farm operations.

Advanced Drainage Systems Survey: Over Half of Americans Worried About How Their Stormwater is Managed
Devastating weather events drive concerns about infrastructure, sustainability and climate change.

US Single-family Housing Starts Climb 18% in November
Permits and completions slide for month.

APA Names Matthew Brown Director of Energy Policy and Code
Brown has been with APA since 2014. 

Job Sites: ESAB and NYC Constructors Celebrate NYC Building with 170,000 Pounds of Field Welds
The new 60-story JPMorgan Chase headquarters uses 94,000 tons of structural steel.

FleetWatcher to Feature Connected Site Technology at WOC
Seamless integration allows users to manage all apps from one platform.

OSHA Updates Safety Helmet Recommendations
New Safety and Health Information Bulletin looks at changing hard hat and helmet tachnologies and advantages. 

Equipment Finance Industry Confidence Steady in December
66.7% of managers surveyed believe business conditions will remain the same over the next four months.

Exclusive: Year-End Payroll: Your Guide for Starting 2024 Off Right
Wrap up your calendar year with a bow.

ABC: Biden’s Proposal Overhauling Government-Registered Apprenticeship Programs Will Exacerbate Construction Industry Labor Shortage
ABC says proposed rules will rob existing programs of agility and fails to address existing problems. 

Zircon Corporation Appoints Bob Shortt as President of Global Sales and Marketing
Shortt joins Zircon from Pelican Products.

NetPlus Alliance Q4 Industry Outlook Report: Distributor Members Remain Optimistic for 2024
Nearly 46% of members report gains of 8% or more through Q3. 

Western Global Promotes Three to Support Growing Sales Network
Dean Nasato, Jeremy Shepherd and Josh Pogozelski step up into head-of-sales positions.

Point of Rental Introduces Self-Service E-commerce Consumer Portal
Solution is fully Integrated with elite; to expand to other products soon.

Nu-Star/PowerPusher is Acquired by Traction Capital
Deal will support product expansions and service growth. 

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Inches up in November
Contractors remain confident although 2024 is poised to be weaker from a construction demand perspective for many firms.

Bobcat and its Employees Donate More Than $175,000 During Annual Fall Giving Campaign
Funds will support more than 100 nonprofit organizations.

AD Spirit of Independence Awards Celebrate AD’s Electrical Divisions
Members of the Year and Suppliers of the Year winners were announced.

Books: The History of the Nailing & Stapling Business
The definitive history of the industry is now in print. 

Cement Producers Strive to Mitigate Carbon Footprint
Digitalization investment is predicted to hit $3.54 billion in 2033.

Exclusive: Building a New Generation: Pearson’s Initiative for Trade Talent Transformation
An interview with Casey Welch, VP of Careers at Pearson.

Heavier Lifting: World Forklift Market to be 50% Bigger by 2032
Interact Analysis sees forklift shipments grow 4-5% per year to 2032.

NEFCO Acquires FASCO Supply
Deal expands NEFCO's reach in Texas. 

CRAFTSMAN: Nearly Two-Thirds of Homeowners See Home Improvement Projects as an Alternative to Buying a New Home
CRAFTSMAN donating up to $100,000 worth of products to four maker spaces throughout the US.

Lift-All Company Announces 2024 Leadership Changes 
Melissa D. Light is named President; Steven Pacilio to become Chairman of the Board. 

ToolWatch Acquires busybusy
Move combines the ToolWatch construction management platform with busybusy’s time tracking solution.

ABC: Construction Job Openings Decrease by 4,000 in October, up 25,000 From October 2022
Open, unfilled jobs still exceeds the pre-pandemic level by more than 1.7 million.

US New Home Sales Slide 5.6% in October
Average sales price runs $487,000.

Ergodyne's Tom Votel Announces Retirement
Votel caps off a 40-year in the safety industry. 

Ziegler Energy Solutions and Heliene, Inc. Partner to Provide U.S.-manufactured Solar Modules to Midwest Industries
Partnership leverages respective strengths of companies to support customers seeking to integrate solar power.